After school clubs
These can provide care and play activities or additional supported study for your child after school has finished.
- Who runs them?
- Where does the childcare take place?
- What hours do they open?
- How old are the children they look after?
- What is the average fee?
- What is the ratio of staff to children?
- Will they have any checks?
- Do they have any training?
- How can I apply for a place?
- Further reading
Who runs them?
It depends on how they are set up, they could be run directly by the school, a private company or a voluntary organisation.
Where does the childcare take place?
It can be in any type of venue including a school hall, classroom, local church hall, scout hut or leisure centre. Some clubs will also pick up from other schools, or they may have an agreement to walk the children over from the school to the after school club.
What hours do they open?
Usually they open from the end of the school day and finish around 5.30pm to 6pm. If the times don't meet your needs it may be worth talking to the manager to see if they can offer alternate hours.
How old are the children they look after?
It will depend on their registration but most will take children from the age of 4 to 12 years but this is different for each club.
What is the average fee?
The average fee in Surrey is usually between £8 to £15.50 per session depending on the length of time the club is open and the food they offer. Some clubs will offer concessions for siblings.
If the club is registered with Ofsted you can check whether you may be eligible for help with childcare costs via the Childcare Choices website or by using the Childcare Calculator. These can give you an estimate of how much you could get depending on your family circumstances.
You can also find details of support available to help with childcare costs on our Paying for childcare web page.
What is the ratio of staff to children?
This will depend on the age of the children. Three to eight year olds should have a 1 to 8 ratio. It is up to the provider to decide the ratio for school age children, though it is recommended to maintain ratios of 1 to 8 for children between the ages 5 to 8 and 1 to 10 for children aged 9 years or older. Two members of staff must be present at all times.
After School clubs should check their ratios with their insurance companies and be able to justify them.
Will they have any checks?
Staff must have an enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service (DBS) check to make sure they are suitable to work with children and young people.
Do they have any training?
Staff should hold certificates in first aid, food hygiene and safeguarding/child protection. It is up to the provider to determine the qualifications staff members have and good practice would be a manager with a level 3 qualification. If a setting has children who have not started school then they need to have a level 3 manager with 50% of staff level 2 or above.
If a childcare provider is on the Ofsted Voluntary Childcare Register then the requirement is one person with a minimum of level 2 in an area of work relevant to childcare or training in the common core of skills and knowledge. If they are required to be on the Ofsted compulsory register then they need to ensure they have received sufficient training to complete the role.
How can I apply for a place?
You can apply for a place by contacting the after school club directly. You can search for details of after school clubs in your area in our Childcare Finder.
You can find further information about finding and paying for childcare in our Choosing childcare booklet.
Files available to download
- Helping you choose childcare booklet (PDF)
Information for families about choosing, finding and paying for childcare
- Checklist - breakfast clubs, after schools clubs and holiday playschemes (PDF)
Questions to ask and what to look out for when visiting a breakfast club, after school club or holiday playscheme